Past Cohorts


  • Julienne Armbrust

    Julienne Armbrust was born a “Maineiac” but has lived in seven other places. She settled into a public high school in Washington, D.C., with the Washington Post and the Smithsonian rounding out her education. She began her career in food service before working at Microsoft and earning an MBA. After leaving Microsoft, she apprenticed with a dog trainer and obtained the necessary credits for her CPA. She also passed the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) exam. She worked at a Seattle accounting firm until leaving to care for an ailing relative. When she returned, she served as a forensic accountant at the FBI until moving to New Hampshire in “retirement,” but now looks forward to the next stage of her very diverse career.

  • Nicholas T. Bard

    Tom Bard's degree in electrical engineering provided entry to the Navy Nuclear Submarine program, then to business school and ultimately, he enjoyed a 43-year career in real estate investment, development, and management. Mr. Bard was actively involved in a variety of geographical markets and all types of commercial properties: office, industrial, retail, apartments, and condominiums. He was a partner in three different businesses—the last of which was ScanlanKemperBard Companies—before retiring in 2014 in Portland, OR. Although Mr. Bard acknowledges real estate is generally thought to be dealing in hard assets, a rewarding, challenging and enjoyable aspect of the business for him was the fascinating diversity of people he encountered. He says he never thought that he had a job. After retirement, he has contributed to the development and ongoing management of PDX Commons, the senior cohousing project where he lives.

  • Michael Boyce

    Mike Boyce’s Marine Corps career included several command and senior level executive assignments. He deployed for operational and expeditionary campaigns to Korea, Iraq, and Somalia. He is a member of several national veterans’ organizations. Post retirement, Mr. Boyce worked in programs in Macedonia and Iraq. As chairman of Cobb County, GA, from 2017-20, he funded additional green spaces, increased compensation and benefits for all employees, added Veterans Day as a county holiday, and guided the county through a turbulent 2020. Mr. Boyce is an active member of Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church and served three years as the director of the men’s ministry. His volunteer work includes Habitat for Humanity and mission trips both in the United States and abroad.

  • Michael Burton

    Mike Burton was raised in Elmhurst, a Chicago suburb. After graduating from college in 1982, he moved to St. Louis for law school and has never left. He became a public defender and then a private criminal defense attorney, doing significant death penalty representation. He also worked as a guardian ad litem, representing abused and neglected children. In 1999, he was appointed to be a judge in the St. Louis County Circuit Court and has spent considerable time focusing on better ways for the circuit to address domestic violence and juvenile issues. As the COVID-19 pandemic hit, he became presiding judge. Mr. Burton and his wife, Sheila, started Join Hands ESL in 1990. Through programming, mentoring, and private education, the organization has served thousands of children in East St. Louis, IL.


  • Joanna Cote Thurman

    Joanna Cote is a three-time Ironman triathlete, a high school cross country and track coach, and an avid outdoor enthusiast. She is a passionate believer that the combined power of sports and nature can change lives, and with it “anything is possible.” After spending 15 years working in team management in Silicon Valley’s high-tech industry at start-ups, including Cisco Systems and ROLM Corporation, she turned her interests to community service and athletics. As such, Ms. Cote has partnered with Homeboy Industries to develop a program integrating running, hiking, yoga, and mindfulness into the lives of formerly incarcerated and gang-involved men, women, and youth. She is a Yoga Alliance certified instructor, facilitator with the Prison Yoga Project, and also involved with Play Like A Champion Today. Ms. Cote has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master's degree in sports leadership.

  • Richard Dunn

    Rick Dunn has lived his entire life in Florida—outside of his four years in college—and fittingly, was born in Coral Gables during a hurricane. His parents emphasized leadership and, as the oldest of six children, Mr. Dunn learned early on the importance of leadership and he has continued to exhibit leadership throughout his life, both in career and family. After earning a business marketing degree and completing the ROTC program, Mr. Dunn entered Law School. Following active duty, he became a federal public defender, worked in the Florida Legislature, and then became a civil trial lawyer. He worked in several firms and ultimately established his own firm that specialized in business litigation (defending corporations from lawsuits). He personally tried over 40 cases to verdict—most notably the largest aviation case in the U.S—before retiring in 2018. Mr Dunn is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.

  • Kathy Garbarino

    Kathy Garbarino is the oldest of seven. She entered the convent in ninth grade, going home for a time to help with family needs, but returning after high school. After three years, she left again to pursue social justice issues and family life. Ms Garbarino has a bachelor’s in social work and a master’s in theology. She initially served as a childcare worker in a group home for young boys. Later, she worked with the Team for Justice at Wayne County Youth Home, and then for the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan. She was recruited by Planned Parenthood, where she served as the associate director. Then she moved to Catholic Healthcare, where she held several positions—first at an inner city hospital as the marketing director, then in the long term care division as the vice president of mission. Ms. Garbarino lived in Detroit for over 40 years before retiring to St Joseph, MI. 

  • Clementine Gwoswar

    Clementine Gwoswar earned a bachelor’s degree in public health from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, a master’s degree in community health and development from the Tropical Institute of Community Health and Development at the University of Great Lakes - Democratic Republic of Congo, and diplomas in midwifery and general nursing from the Kenya Medical Training College. She has additional training in consulting and completed the Strategic Leadership and Development Program at the Kenya School of Government. Ms. Gwoswar specialized in community health strategy, service, and delivery during her distinguished career, working for Kenya’s Ministry of Health as county chief nursing officer, regional public health nurse leader, provincial logistician of the immunization program, and coordinator of the Continuing Professional Development Program. A part-time University lecturer, Ms. Gwoswar participated in two international research networks and contributed to the book Revitalizing Health for All: Case Studies of the Struggle for Comprehensive Primary Health Care. 

  • Margaret Higgins, PhD

    Margaret Higgins currently serves as the inaugural Director of Mission Integration in the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education at Santa Clara University. Her post is a vocational surprise animated by her participation in Notre Dame's Inspired Leadership Initiative. 

    Ms. Higgins’ career has spanned three decades of c-suite and senior leadership in Catholic secondary and higher education, with over fifteen years in Jesuit education. She has served in executive positions in student affairs, administration, and development, including as President/CEO of Cristo Rey San José Jesuit High School. In each role, Margaret has worked with members of the educational community and external stakeholders to ensure that mission, student success, and sustainability are all equally achieved. Placing a particular emphasis on first generation students and their families, she has inspired a commitment to the holistic development of graduates and future leaders.

    Ms. Higgins earned her B.S. in communication disorders from the College of Saint Rose, a M.Ed. in guidance and counseling from Springfield College, and a Ph.D. in educational administration and policy from The Catholic University of America. Her dissertation researched the transformational behaviors of Catholic university presidents in the development of vision. 


  • Patrick Horvath

    Patrick Horvath is an attorney by training and worked for almost 13 years as the associate director of a civil legal services program in New York City that provided legal assistance to single homeless adults. The family moved to Denver, Colo., in 2000, and for the past 21 years he has had a variety of positions at The Denver Foundation, the main community foundation for the region. He directed the foundation's Strengthening Neighborhoods Program, a grassroots community development program, and since 2012 directed the foundation's Economic Opportunity program area. He also served in various leadership roles, before leaving the foundation at the end of 2020. Mr. Horvath is an active board member of CEDS Finance, a community development financial institution; as well as the Center for Community Wealth Building, which builds the economic strength of disinvested communities; and Grassroots Grantmakers, a national organization that connects community leaders and grantmakers to drive community-led change. 

  • Michele Kellrooney

    Michele Kellrooney was born in Akron, Ohio. She graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City and worked in dinner theaters, summer stock, and touring theaters. After marrying and moving to Chicago, Ms Kellrooney was employed as education coordinator at libraries, nature centers, science museums and returned to school for education. She earned a B.S. and M.Ed. and taught in the Nashville Public Schools until her next relocation—this time to Sao Paulo, Brazil. Three moves and three teaching positions later, she was accepted into the Inspired Leadership Initiative. This time of transformation led to service in Kolongo, Uganda and Sitka, Alaska where she and her husband currently reside. 

  • John Lawton

    John Lawton, a native to South Bend, is returning home after 60 years in the Prairie State. Most of his life was spent in the Chicago area where he enjoyed a diverse career, working the last 30 years in the home medical equipment industry in operations and general management. His experience spans the gamut of national companies to small, individually owned businesses. In this highly competitive and regulated industry, Mr. Lawton led these organizations to improved financial performance and market growth. He holds a B.A. in math from Saint Louis University and earned an MBA from Northern Illinois University while working full time. His loyalty to and enthusiasm for Notre Dame is rooted in a 130-year family affiliation with the University. 

  • Ana Lawton

    Ana Lawton was born in Havana, Cuba, and came to the United States, a refugee, at the age of four. She grew up in the Chicago area and lived there most of her life. She has both a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Business Administration degree from Dominican University. She recently retired from a 43-year career in Accounting, Finance, and Financial Systems, specializing in Business Intelligence software for the last twenty years. She is a CPA and is also certified in Project Management and Change Management. Ana has travelled to several states in the US as well as Europe, recently fulfilling a lifelong dream of visiting Paris, France. A cancer survivor, Mrs. Lawton has participated in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night campaign, raising funds for blood cancer research. She was a member of Toastmasters International for four years, during which she competed in several speech competitions. 

  • Dr. Hugh F. Lena III

    Hugh Lena is emeritus provost and professor of sociology at Providence College in Providence, RI. He stepped down from the chief academic officer position in 2020 after serving in that capacity for 16 years and is currently in his 48th year in a faculty position. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1970, and he earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in sociology from the University of Connecticut. In 2020, he received an honorary doctorate in higher education from Providence College. Lena has edited two books, contributed several book chapters, and has articles published in The American Sociologist, The International Journal of Health Services, and Contemporary Sociology among others. He has been awarded prestigious fellowships from the Institute of Human Values in Health Care, the National Science Foundation, and the Endowment for the Humanities.

  • Patrick Mannion

    Patrick Mannion’s career has straddled business and community service. His business career was in life and health insurance, industry roles at the national and state levels, board leadership roles in local not-for-profits, health care institutions, and businesses. He was also appointed to numerous government sponsored initiatives in health care, transportation, and economic development. He stepped down from active business in 2020 and is active today on business, hospital, and not-for-profit boards. Mr. Mannion is also a firefighter, EMT, and officer of Fayetteville Fire & EMS (New York). He is involved in multiple Catholic organizations including his parish, the Partners in Franciscan Ministries with the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities, the Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse, and the Order of the Holy Sepulchre.

  • Timothy McDermott

    Tim McDermott has lived in the northwest suburbs of Chicago for more than 30 years. During that time, he has had a diverse career path, from practicing as a litigation partner in a large law firm to executing in-house legal and regulatory roles in the financial markets to, most recently, leading a regulated exchange and clearinghouse as its CEO, overseeing areas of technology, marketing, sales, legal, regulatory, risk, finance, and operations. In addition, over the past several years, he has become active in an angel investing group, IrishAngels, served on for-profit and not-for-profit boards and charitable organizations, and been active in his local parish. Mr. McDermott holds degrees in accounting and law.

  • Michael Mullen

    Mike Mullen was a practicing attorney for over 50 years. He began his legal career serving as a junior counsel to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary and then as the chief counsel to the Consumer Subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Commerce. After working in private practice for a Washington, D.C., firm for several years, Mr. Mullen returned to North Dakota to work on a health care reform project and then became an assistant attorney general and legal advisor to several state agencies and the state hospital. He was also an adjunct professor of health care law at the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND. Earlier, he served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. Mr. Mullen enjoys a little skiing and a lot of tennis.

  • Sr. Chukwuka Okpala-Anaechedo, DDL

    Sr. Chukwuka arrived in the United States in 2017, from Nigeria, where she served as a school teacher in Catholic schools from 1978 to 2005 and retired as a principal. For her it was an exciting career—watching girls she had admitted as tender innocent kids transform into young teenagers was an experience that brought great joy to her life—and those girls taught her more than she taught them. She learned how to be more humane, discerning, compassionate, and observant. All in all, Sr. Chukwuka found her career to be fulfilling and challenging, as she considered herself a type of architect: of human mind, character, and destiny. She looks forward to the ILI year as an opportunity to reinvent herself with the goal of creating a new form of service to the society.

  • David Pusateri

    Dave Pusateri was the former deputy managing partner of McGuireWoods' corporate practice, where he was responsible for 500 transaction attorneys in one of America’s largest law firms. He was also the former managing partner of McGuireWoods’ Pittsburgh office for ten years. Prior to merging with McGuireWoods in 2001, he was a founding partner and the managing partner of the Pittsburgh firm of Sable Pusateri Rosen Gordon & Adams, LLC. Mr. Pusateri was also previously vice president and associate general counsel of Robertson-Ceco Corporation. Concentrating his practice in environmental, real estate, and business law, his practice covers the spectrum of environmental claims, problems, and real estate development issues. He began his legal career clerking for a federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

  • Thomas Reynolds

    Tom Reynolds has had a career as consultant to senior executives in the areas of executive talent management and development, supply chain management, operations strategy and transformation, and board advisory. He has served hundreds of clients in a variety of industries including industrial/automotive, consumer products, retail, high tech, health care, and pharmaceuticals. Most recently, he served as partner and global practice leader at Egon Zehnder, specializing in executive talent management, development, search, and coaching. Previously, he led major consulting practices at Capgemini, Ernst & Young, KPMG, and Deloitte. Earlier, he worked as a production control specialist at General Electric and a mechanical engineer with IBM. Mr. Reynolds holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering and an MBA in finance and international business. He is a longtime resident of Atlanta and enjoys a variety of outdoor activities including camping, biking, skiing, and fishing.

  • Kenneth Wendeln

    Ken Wendeln continues to be inspired by the advice and actions of his father: learn from the best and leave some time to give back to others. As such, he seeks education and life-enhancing opportunities. In business, that has meant roles of leadership, encouragement, sponsorship, and sometimes the redirection of others. He has worked for Honeywell, Gould, Siemens, Square D, Landis+Gyr, and Spirent. After closing an international business career spanning 33 years, six companies, and eight locales on two continents, Mr. Wendeln began living the ‘give back’ advice. By combining his academic training with cross-functional business experiences, he holds a teaching professor (emeritus) role at the Kelley School of Business in Indianapolis to lead in the classroom and coach others for meaningful professional growth.

  • Eric Wiechart

    Eric Wiechart grew up in a family-owned business. He also grew up in a blue-collar Irish/Italian neighborhood that considered Notre Dame the pinnacle. So the community inspired him to work academically to achieve a degree from Our Lady’s University. Rebelling from his youth, he chased “big” business, eventually realizing that, for him, joy came from small business. Mr. Wiechart sincerely believes small business is the economic, social, and cultural backbone of our society. He believes wholeheartedly that to provide meaningful work is the greatest success achievable in life. He looks forward to the challenges life offers in his next career and believes the Inspired Leadership Initiative will promote heading into this next chapter fully armed.

  • Mary Ellen Woods

    Mary Ellen Woods has held technology leadership roles with Inland Steel, Stone Container Corporation, Brunswick, and Veolia Water North America—as well as her own technology strategy consulting firm. She has led organizations that have transformed businesses in measurable and significant ways. The granddaughter of a coal miner and a New York City cab driver, she focuses her service work on helping young people gain access to education. She is vice president of the Notre Dame Club of Chicago’s Scholarship Foundation and a board member of i.c.stars|*—a rigorous technology-based workforce development and leadership training program for underserved adults. She is a resident of Chicago, IL. Ms. Woods earned a B.A. in government from the University of Notre Dame and a Masters in Public Policy with a focus on finance from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. 


  • Karen Cunningham

    Karen Cunningham led a successful career in marketing and brand management, primarily in the consumer packaged goods and foodservice industries. She worked for Pet, Inc. and The Pillsbury Company in progressive brand management roles for various grocery and frozen brands, including Häagen-Dazs ice cream and novelties. Most recently, she led product development, marketing and creative strategy, creative development and execution, and menu development and engineering for Steak n Shake Enterprises, Inc. Ms. Cunningham serves on the board of Paws & Think, a dog therapy organization, and she and her dog Archie, work as a therapy team. She earned a B.S. in business administration from the University of Kansas and an M.B.A. in marketing from Indiana University.

  • Cathy David

    Cathy David is a lifelong student of leadership and organizational behavior. Before joining the ILI, she retired as an executive vice president at Pier 1 Imports. She has been president of multiple companies and led the team that launched  She has owned a restaurant, co-founded a social and sports league, and raised and raced thoroughbred horses.  Currently she is having fun as the Chief Merchandising Officer for World Market and has the broad responsibility of leading the team that buys all the products sold in store and online for the brand.  Born in Queens NY, Cathy has lived in 8 states and traveled to all 7 continents.  She has been featured in the Fort Worth Business CEO Magazine, chaired the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce International Committee for many years, and served as a Regent at the University of Portland. She is currently a member of the Undergraduate Experience Advisory Council at Notre Dame and a Board member for Volunteers of America Texas.  She received her B.B.A. in marketing from the University of Notre Dame and her M.B.A. from Northwestern University.

  • Gloria Fleming

    Gloria Fleming led a successful career in pediatric physical therapy for 42 years. She held senior positions in several general and children's hospitals in the Philadelphia and South Jersey areas. Ms. Fleming was also an independent contractor for several public and private school districts, in addition to providing pediatric home care for 10 years. She is entering her 10th year as a host committee member for The Cooper Foundation, which sponsors an annual fundraiser for breast and gynecological cancers. She is also actively involved in a minority faith-based cancer support group sponsored by MD Anderson at Cooper. Ms. Fleming earned a B.A. in biology from Immaculata College, a Physical Therapy Certificate from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Science in Administration from the University of Notre Dame.

  • John Gallagher

    John Gallagher, an international finance executive, has lived and worked on three continents, Asia, Europe, and North America, where he has helped to build or maintain brokerage businesses for such firms as Morgan Stanley, Kidder Peabody, and Shearson Lehman. For the last dozen years, he has run an independent third-party fund distribution business largely out of Geneva, Switzerland. Mr. Gallagher has deep expertise in building successful securities businesses, and for more than 15 years has maintained a particular focus on alternative investments. The former college basketball player, who earned his B.A. in English from the University of Notre Dame, enjoyed an almost decade-long career as a player and coach for teams in France and in Switzerland, where he completed a French language program and earned an M.B.A. at Université de Lausanne before embarking on a 40-year brokerage career. At the end of his ILI year, Mr. Gallagher will proudly celebrate his 50th Class Reunion at Notre Dame.

  • Patricia Lefevere

    From her early days on a family farm in Minnesota, Patricia Lefevere always held an interest in the wider world, a passion that has served her well as a globe-trotting journalist who has traveled to some 70 countries and reported stories from six continents, covering everything from the United Nations and the Vatican to the plight of refugees in war-torn regions and the everyday workings of local government offices. Her award-winning work has appeared in multiple publications in the United States, Europe and Asia. Ms. Lefevere has enjoyed opportunities to meet and interview several Nobel Peace Prize laureates and to lecture at a number of universities. She earned her B.A. in journalism and political science from Marquette University and her Masters in Drama from the United Kingdom's University of Essex, Colchester.

  • Eileen Lindburg

    Eileen Lindburg was a co-owner of CBRE-Albany, the largest commercial real estate brokerage firm in the Albany, New York region, and its first female broker. Throughout her career, she assisted small businesses and international corporations in their site selection, lease negotiations, acquisitions, and disposition of the properties used for their businesses. Ms. Lindburg's background prior to real estate included working in commercial lending for Marine Midland Bank, serving as chief financial officer for a family construction business, and working in corporate finance for the Wall Street firm Salomon Brothers. Her community and non-profit service work included stints with Equinox, The Nature Conservancy of Eastern New York, the Albany Academy for Girls, Tech Valley High School, and the regional chamber of commerce. She earned her B.A. in sociology from Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, IN, and an M.B.A. from the University of Rochester.

  • William Miller

    Bill Miller worked in financial management in the food industry for Cargill, Incorporated, General Foods Corporation, and Oscar Mayer and Co. He began his career with Arthur Andersen & Co. in Minneapolis and completed it as a CPA in private practice. Mr. Miller's passion for fighting food insecurity led him to serve on the boards of food banks in Wichita, Minneapolis, and St. Paul. In addition, he taught in a Minneapolis church's HopeMakers program and co-founded Pathways, a program that helps people living in economic poverty develop faith-based life skills. Mr. Miller and his wife, Ann, have four children and eleven grandchildren, and he enjoys an active lifestyle that includes teaching spin classes. He earned his B.A. in economics from the University of Notre Dame and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan.

  • Juliana Otieno, M.D.

    Juliana Otieno grew up on a Kenyan sugarcane farm, traveling eight miles to attend school as a child. Her passion for education ultimately led her to earn a medical degree from the University of Nairobi before embarking on an accomplished three-decade career in public health, one that challenged her to work as the only pediatrician in an area and to serve as chief executive officer of Western Kenya's largest public teaching and referral hospital. Dr. Otieno worked with colleagues to obtain a grant to enable them to open the first public HIV clinic at the hospital in Kisumu, Kenya and tackle an urgent public health crisis. Despite her busy schedule, Dr. Otieno continued to teach and mentor students throughout her career before retiring in 2018.

  • Charles Pine

    Charly Pine and his wife, Jodie, set out as a young couple to live in China as agents of transformation. More than 20 years later, they returned to the United States realizing how deeply they had been changed by their cross-cultural experiences. Mr. Pine's commitment to learning and honoring the Chinese language and culture opened doors for him as he pursued a career in higher education, including his role as a founding director of the New Century Language and Culture Center. He and his family later moved to China's Gansu Province, where he conducted advanced ethnographic research among Muslim ethnic minorities, an experience that inspired him to serve as an interfaith peacemaker. Mr. Pine earned his B.A. from the University of Missouri and his M.A. in Chinese language and culture from the University of Kansas.

  • Orlando Rodriguez

    Born in Cuba and educated in the United States, Orlando Rodriguez enjoyed a 30-year career in international commercial banking that took him across Latin America. He pursued multiple businesses, lived in Panama City and Caracas, and travelled extensively, especially in Brazil. Mr. Rodriguez most recently worked in a corporate finance boutique that provides advisory services to small-to-medium businesses. For the past decade, he has participated in Kairos Prison Ministry International. In addition, he had translated and annotated his father's autobiography, written 24 short stories and a three-act play, is developing a historical fiction novel, and enjoys competitive ballroom dancing. Mr. Rodriguez earned a B.A. in economics from the University of Notre Dame and an M.A. in economics from Stanford University.

  • William Schenher

    William Schenher has enjoyed a distinguished career in banking and corporate treasury. After beginning with residential construction lending at Banc One in the Midwest, he relocated to Silicon Valley, where he worked in various roles in corporate treasury. He rose through the ranks of various companies, including Hewlett-Packard, Brocade, and Fujitsu America, before ultimately building and leading his own treasury departments. Mr. Schenher helped manage the HP-Compaq integration and guide treasuries through the economic turmoil of 2001 and 2008. After 20 years in corporate treasury, he returned to Indiana to focus on family and turn his attentions to his local community center, where he enjoys working to enrich the experiences of the adaptive members of the community. Mr. Schenher received his B.A. in government and economics from the University of Notre Dame and his M.B.A. from Purdue University.

  • Victoria Seeger

    Vickie Seeger served in several leadership roles over the course of her 34-year career with General Reinsurance Corporation. Most recently, she worked as regional underwriting officer in North American treaty reinsurance operations, where she led underwriting and actuarial teams in establishing, maintaining and implementing underwriting and pricing protocols. Prior to that she held the position of  chief underwriting officer of the group's insurance operations. Her areas of expertise include business analytics, operational excellence, product development, and regulation. Ms. Seeger has also served on several boards and has been active with insurance industry advocacy organizations. She earned her B.A. in management and economics from Luther College and her M.B.A. from the University of St. Thomas.

  • Cari Shein

    Cari Shein owns Shein Realty, where for the past 30 years she has acted as principal in manufactured and modular home subdivision and park development, and in the rehabilitation and trade of small commercial properties. Additionally, she held active roles in her family's manufacturing business, the Commodore Corporation, a national supplier of factory-built housing. Ms. Shein has been an active participant in her community and has served on many boards, including the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, Michiana Mathtracks, WNIT (a PBS affiliate), and the Chicago Human Rhythm Project. She earned a B.A. in political science from UCLA, a Masters in International Management from the American Graduate School of International Management, and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.

  • Michael Thieneman

    Michael Thieneman served in various roles throughout his distinguished career with Whirlpool. His tenure with the company took him to Canada, where he helped solve engineering and quality issues before becoming general manager of Whirlpool's Canadian business. Later roles provided Mr. Thieneman with opportunities in Italy, where he turned around a failing operation, and in Michigan, where he took over the company's global procurement operations before serving as executive vice president of both its North American and global operations. After retiring, he spent three years sailing around the world. Mr. Thieneman and his wife, Cathy, enjoy spending time with their four daughters and 13 grandchildren. He earned a B.A. in physics from Bellarmine College, an M.B.A. from the University of Evansville, and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Kentucky.

  • Philip White

    Phil White's 30-year legal career focused on the construction of large-scale infrastructure projects around the world and the disputes that arise from them. He capped his legal career as co-leader of the Infrastructure Practice Group at Dentons US, LLP and still serves as an adjunct professor at Columbia University's School of Engineering, teaching on managing and resolving construction disputes. Mr. White has also been active as a volunteer working with the youth and stewardship programs at his local church, providing business and legal support to international development projects through the Episcopal Church, serving on the boards of several nonprofits and providing legal representation to nonprofits and indigent criminal defendants. He earned a B.A. in economics from New York University and a J.D. from Cardozo Law School.


  • John Graham

    John Graham served as an officer of HCR ManorCare, a diversified healthcare services company, where he spent over 30 years of his career. His areas of specialization include memory care, general assisted living, hospice, home health, skilled nursing, rehabilitation and physician practice management. Mr. Graham serves as Board President of Mobile Meals of Toledo, a nonprofit social service agency, and is Treasurer of Saint Michael’s in the Hills Episcopal Church. He also serves on the Student Affairs Alumni Advisory Board at his alma mater, Virginia Tech. Mr. Graham earned an M.B.A from the University of Virginia’s Darden School and a B.S. in Management and Economics from Virginia Tech.

  • William Hopkins

    “Tuck” Hopkins served as partner of Barnes and Thornburg, LP. He joined the law firm in 1998, and he served as a member of the firm-wide management committee and in various other leadership roles. Prior to that, Mr. Hopkins was president and an owner of a boutique labor law firm, where he began his career. He has worked with a large number of public and private schools concerning board governance and issues facing education. Mr. Hopkins earned his J.D. from the University of St. Louis and his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.

  • Jefferson Ko

    Jeff Ko took on various roles in the Global Markets Division of several European banks, and was Head of Structured Products in Wealth Management for Maybank Singapore. He began his banking career in the Philippines before moving on to more senior roles in Singapore, including at ING, where he covered the East Asia region. During his free time, Jeff enjoys playing badminton, scuba diving, and traveling. In addition, he has served as a volunteer mentor to university graduates starting their professional careers. Jeff received his Management Engineering degree from Ateneo de Manila University.

  • David Kostolansky

    Dave Kostolansky served as chairman and chief executive officer of Schaefer Equipment, Inc., a manufacturer of carbon and alloy steel forgings for the railroad and mining industries. During his tenure at Schaefer, he directed product management, marketing and sales, and engineering, as he ascended the organization. He has served on numerous boards for both community nonprofit organizations, foundations and business associations. Mr. Kostolansky earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.

  • John Madden

    John Madden served as chairman, chief executive officer, and president of First National Bank and Trust of La Grange, IL, a multi-bank community holding company. During his 50-year career, he also served as chairman of Heritage Bank of Schaumburg, IL, and its holding company. Prior to that, Mr. Madden served military duty with the U.S. Coast Guard. Today, Mr. Madden serves on both the Notre Dame Arts and Letters Advisory Council and the Notre Dame Ireland Advisory Council. Mr. Madden earned an M.A. in Economics from the University of Notre Dame and a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame.

  • Louis Marchioli

    Louis Marchioli, M.D., built one of the largest private medical practices in both pediatric and adult allergy and immunology in Southern California. After a fellowship in allergy and immunology, his patient roster included many severe adult and pediatric asthmatic patients. Because of the large number, he was able to stratify patient phenotypes early on, enabling more precise and beneficial treatments. With the advent of Health Management Organization medicine, he made the decision to remain in private practice in order to give patients the best quality of care. The decision required returning to the speciality of internal medicine and enhancing patient and family contact so that they could understand and be given the proper advancements in medicine with less third-party interference. Dr. Marchioli has served as president of Whittier Academy of Medicine, LA County Medical Association East District and has served on numerous boards and ministries. He has received multiple honors and awards for his service and quality of practice. Dr. Marchioli earned his M.D. from Saint Louis University and his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Notre Dame.

  • Kevin Phelan

    Kevin Phelan worked for the Most Rev. Robert Morlino in the capacity of chancellor in the Dioceses of Helena, MT, and Madison, WI. His primary responsibility was developing guidelines and processes to ensure that children and young adults were protected from sexual abuse. He also implemented support procedures for victims and their families and managed the lay staff. He oversaw major projects, including reorganizing parishes, financing the education of priests, and repurposing diocesan property to increase cash flow to diocesan ministries. Prior to this, Mr. Phelan served as chief operating officer for the Services Division of both Lucent Technologies and Avaya, as well as various management positions with AT&T. He earned his M.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and B.A. degrees in English and Philosophy from Regis College in Denver.

  • Walter Piacsek (Associate)

    Walter Piacsek served as partner at Apax Partners, a global private equity firm where he was head of Latin American operations, which he founded. Prior to that, Mr. Piacsek worked for Banco Votorantim, where he served as executive vice president and co-head of Wholesale Banking, and subsequently, as COO. He was also partner, managing director, and head of the Boston Consulting Group in Brazil after starting his career at Citibank. Mr. Piacsek has served on various boards of leading NGO’s in Brazil in public education, development of social investment, and child nutrition. Mr. Piacsek earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Fundação Getulio Vargas.

  • Camille Rudge

    Camille Rudge served as the founding managing director and former head of Capital Markets at CIBC Bank U.S. (formerly The PrivateBank), where she established a key strategic business for CIBC’s recently expanded U.S. footprint. Throughout her 30-year career, Ms. Rudge developed ten derivatives franchises across a variety of asset classes including currencies, interest rates, and commodities. Ms. Rudge has been a longstanding board member of both Chicago Children’s Museum and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago while also holding various other chair and executive committee positions. Ms. Rudge earned her M.B.A. from Northwestern University and her B.S. in Computer Science from Bucknell University.

  • Cynthia Sescleifer

    Cindy Sescleifer led a successful career in medical sales with Marion Laboratories in Fort Wayne, IN, and then with Schering-Plough and Beckman Instruments in St. Louis before making the choice to devote her talents to raising her four children. She served as co-director of the Meals-on-Wheels organization in Creve Coeur, MO, and organized many other school- and parish-related engagements and has recently completed the 500-mile Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. Ms. Sescleifer earned her B.S. in Biology from the University of Notre Dame.

  • Patricia Sigmon

    Pat Sigmon served as founder, chief executive officer, and president of LPS Consulting, an award-winning enterprise resource planning solutions provider. During her tenure Ms. Sigmon served on numerous advisory boards. She is a speaker, lecturer and business author for publications including Forbes, Businessweek, Money, and The Wall Street Journal. Her book Six Steps to Creating Profit: A Guide for Small and Mid-Sized Service-Based Businesses was published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Ms. Sigmon earned her B.A. in Computer Science from Rutgers University.

  • Maureen Toner

    Maureen Toner was a founding member and chief operating officer of The Cube (now part of the NFHS Network), a free streaming platform that featured over 4,000 schools worldwide and captured more than 275,000 live events. Her previous experience includes roles at Price Waterhouse and Unitrin (now Kemper). Throughout her career, Ms. Toner was actively engaged in organizations such as Hephzibah Children’s Association, Horizons for Youth, Saint John of the Cross Parish, and The Chicago Lighthouse, where she provided readings of newspapers for vision-impaired listeners on CRIS Radio. Ms. Toner earned her M.B.A. from DePaul University and her B.B.A. in Accounting from Saint Mary’s College.

  • Evon Vogt

    "Terry" Vogt has had a career in a variety of international pursuits. He first worked a decade for Wells Fargo Bank, primarily overseas. Following that, Mr. Vogt joined a private equity investment business based in Rio de Janeiro for a decade and a half. He then became the chief operating officer of an international organization dealing with agriculture and sustainable development, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture. After that, Mr. Vogt became director of sustainable conservation finance for the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation. He subsequently made an investment in Terra Global Capital, a San Francisco firm promoting sustainable landscapes, mostly in tropical forests, where he maintains an advisory role. He received an M.B.A. from the University of Colorado, where he was also coach of the CU lacrosse team. His undergraduate degree is from Harvard in Latin American History. In 1996, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, President of Brazil, awarded Terry with the Order of Rio Branco.

  • Ida Watson

    Ida Watson has held roles at General Motors, Union City Body Co., Control Data Corporation, IBM, and most recently, as co-owner and vice president of public relations for Lexus of Mishawaka and as chief information officer of Brookdale Dodge in Minnesota before that. She has contributed to many local programs and causes, including Celebrating Michiana Women Leaders, the WNIT Executive Committee, the Boys and Girls Club of St. Joseph County, and the Center for Hospice Care in South Bend, IN. Ms. Watson earned her M.A. in Ministry from Bethel College, her B.A. in History, magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan, and an Industrial Engineer Certificate from the General Motors (Kettering) Institute.

  • Martin Whalen

    Marty Whalen served as CEO of Martin Whalen Office Solutions, a third-generation, family owned business providing office machines and document technology to businesses in Illinois since 1936.  After selling the business, he participated in the first cohort of the Inspired Leadership Initiative at Notre Dame.  Now splitting time between LaPorte, Indiana and Bozeman, Montana, he is enjoying retirement but he remains active as a co-founder of Crossroads Solar, a domestic producer of solar panels based in South Bend. Crossroads Solar is a mission-driven business - all employees are formerly incarcerated people transitioning back into society.